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FBI: Crime reported to US police fell last year

FBI: Crime reported to US police fell last year

The number of violent crimes reported to police across the U.S. decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines, the FBI announced Monday. That conflicts with new data from another measure of national crime, which showed that violent crimes jumped 18 percent last year.
The total number of property crime reported to law enforcement agencies went down by 0.5 percent to 9 million, the ninth consecutive year that figure has fallen. Property crimes resulted in estimated losses of $156.6 billion.
The South accounted for 41.3 percent of violent crime, while the West had 22.9 percent. The Midwest claimed 19.5 percent of the cases and the Northeast 16.2 percent.
The FBI said firearms were used in two-thirds of the nation's murders last year, in two out of every five robberies and in one out of five aggravated assaults.
The FBI's crime reporting program is one of two statistical measures of crime levels issued by the Justice Department. The FBI program captures crimes that are reported to police. Historically, less than half of all crimes, including violent crimes, are reported to police. The other measure, the national crime victimization survey, is designed to capture crime data whether it is reported to police or not. That survey is based on interviews of crime victims.
Two weeks ago, the victimization survey reported that violent crimes jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, while property crimes rose for the first time in a decade. Academic experts say the new government data fall short of signaling a reversal of the longterm decline in crime.
The survey found that the increase in the number of violent crimes was the result of an upward swing in simple assaults, which rose 22 percent, from 4 million in 2010 to 5 million last year. The incidence of rape, sexual assault and robbery remained largely unchanged, as did serious violent crime involving weapons or injury.
The experts said the percentage increases last year were so large primarily because the 2011 crime totals were compared to historically low levels of crime in 2010. Violent crime has fallen by 65 percent since 1993, according to the victimization survey.


Updated : 2020-11-30 04:34 GMT+08:00